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Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard

Posted 19 June

Virgin Atlantic is excited to announce a brand new partnership with celebrity chef and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Eric has created a series of bespoke afternoon teas for the London Heathrow Clubhouse and for Upper Class, Premium, and Economy cabins on all day flights worldwide.

Eric will be bringing his award winning culinary experience to the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Clubhouse, serving afternoon tea between 3pm and 5.30pm daily. This latest addition to the Clubhouse menu can be enjoyed with a pot of tea or Lanson rose champagne and will be served on a bespoke stand filled with items including:

  • Prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant
  • Broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart
  • Homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream
  • Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis
  • Apple and blackberry cake
  • Dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Across all three cabins, you'll also get the chance to sample Eric’s signature afternoon tea when flying on day flights. Launching this summer, the 38,000ft high tea will feature handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons. This new afternoon tea joins a host of food and drinks already available to you.

Winners at the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice™ awards

Posted 29 April

Virgin Atlantic has announced it has been recognized as a winner in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for airlines. Coming out on top in the Best Premium Economy category, Virgin Atlantic has beaten off stiff competition from some of the world’s biggest carriers.

Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic said: “Innovation to improve the experience for our customers is at the heart of what we do. We were the first airline to introduce Premium Economy over 25 years ago and it’s clear that it’s still just as loved now than it was then. We’re continually investing in all cabin s and we recently unveiled the biggest change to our Economy cabin in over a decade with three new Economy products – Economy Light, Economy Classic and Economy Delight - offering more choice for our customers than ever before.”

The Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines recognize the carriers that exceed passenger expectations and receive top marks from travelers.

Introducing AIR

Posted 21 April

We’ve collaborated with esteemed British scent designer and candle chandler Rachel Vosper to design a bespoke scent to elevate the customer experience on the ground. The unique fragrance embodies warm and exotic notes inspired by the airline’s top destinations, and will be present at various points throughout the Virgin Atlantic experience to inspire feelings of adventure and relaxation.

When designing the fragrance, Rachel carried out a number of workshops and blind tests with people from across the business. She focused on balancing top, middle and base notes, approaching it in much the same way as a winemaker would. Using only the finest European sourced ingredients, Rachel employed traditional methods in her Belgravia boutique, which help to maximise the scent’s longevity. The chosen fragrance was selected as a favourite and the one that most represented our business by 80% of those who participated.

The unique scent of AIR is currently being rolled out to enjoy at check-in, airport gates, Clubhouses and upon boarding your Virgin Atlantic flight. You can also pre-order the candle online at www.retailtherapyshopping.com from 19th March as well as purchase at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses and on-board duty free. The candles are priced at £30 and come in a ribbon-bound handmade gift box.

More choice to India and beyond

Posted 9 April 2018

We’re really excited to announce that we’re expanding our codeshare relationship with Jet Airways to include seven new destinations in India, as well as some further Southeast Asian destinations*. This will give you more opportunities to earn Flying Club miles whilst explore this exciting and varied region.

You’ll now be able to book through Virgin Atlantic to fly to Amritsar, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur via Delhi (travelling on Virgin Atlantic or Jet Airways aircraft), and to Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur and Calicut connecting via Mumbai (on Jet Airways only). This means far more choice in terms of the city, airline and flight times.

We’ll also be enhancing our network presence in both Hong Kong and Singapore, with options via both Delhi and Mumbai. As well as this, we’ll add Colombo to our virtual network for the first time by putting our code on Jet Airways’ Mumbai-Colombo services.

*Existing Virgin Atlantic codeshare routes include London Heathrow to Mumbai, and Indian domestic flights between Mumbai/Delhi and Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata.

Learn more about using Flying Club miles with Jet Airways

Virgin Atlantic unveil three new ways to fly

Posted 17 March 2018

We’ve just announced the launch of three new ways to fly economy as part of a multi-million pound investment in the cabin for the 21st century traveller.

Recognising that one size doesn’t fit all, from spring 2018 we’ll introduce ‘Economy Delight, ‘Economy Classic’ and ‘Economy Light’ tickets. The three new ways to fly will allow customers like you to choose the product that suits their budget and travel style – but never compromise on inclusive food and drink, unrivalled service, and inflight entertainment.

As always, our Flying Club members will earn lots of lovely miles and tier points on these services – and there will be some new benefits for you, too. Find out more below.

Flying Club benefits and tiers

Meet the newest additions to our fleet

Posted 13 March 2018

You may have heard about them, you may have even seen them… Four new planes are joining our fleet this month and we’re thrilled to have them. Our new ladies are all Airbus A330-200s, and will be known as Strawberry Fields, Scarlett O’Hara, Daydream Believer and Honkytonk Woman.

These lovely aircraft will be flying out of Manchester and Gatwick, and they will look a bit different on the inside from what you are used to. But there’ll be no less Virgin Atlantic sparkle. Upper Class passengers can enjoy three new types of seats – the Love Suite (perfect for cosying up with a travel partner, the Solo Freedom Suite and the Solo Corner Suite). There will be lots of extra touches on board, including a speciality coffee menu and inflight WiFi.

Over time, our new Flying Ladies will all enjoy a full makeover, inside and out, to match the rest of the fleet – including the addition of a Premium cabin.

Helping those with hidden disabilities

Posted 20 Feb 2018

Some people just need a little extra help on their journey, and that’s why we’ve launched our special assistance initiative and produced a hidden disability alert symbol across our network.

Customers with hidden disabilities can print off, or take a photo of the symbol with a mobile phone, which can be used to discreetly let our air and ground staff know that they may need a little more time, space, consideration or help than others. Hidden disabilities, such as autism or dementia, can be difficult to recognise. So, by showing this symbol, it’s easy to let us know that someone may need assistance without drawing any unnecessary attention.

We’ve already tried out this initiative on our London Gatwick to Orlando flights, and we’ve received really positive feedback. So, we’re going to be sending out bookmarks with this symbol displayed to other airports very soon. Customers can print off the bookmark at home and carry it with their passport or pick up a slip at the check in.

Download the assistance bookmark

Changes to our limo service

Posted 01 February 2018

We’re made a few changes to Upper Class ground transportation offering. From 24 January, some of our Upper Class customers will need to book their chauffeur car service via our preferential rates, as it may not be included as part of their booking anymore. Only customers with a certain booking class (J, C or D) will be offered the complimentary chauffeur car service.

Other Upper Class bookings (I and Z class) will be able to add on a chauffeur car via our preferential rates at the ‘My booking’ section on virginatlantic.com, or through their travel agent.

Our chauffeur driven car will take you straight through to the Upper Class Wing at Heathrow or drop you off just outside check in at Gatwick. When you arrive at the Upper Class Wing, you can whizz through our Private Security Channel, skipping the queues and enjoy a seamless, stress free journey direct from car to Clubhouse.

Your Virgin Atlantic experience starts as soon as we pick you up.

Around the world with Virgin

Posted 01 February 2018

We're thrilled to announce our new codeshare agreement with our sister airline Virgin Australia.

You can now book with Virgin Atlantic to travel all the way to Australia. Take off from London Heathrow, then connect Los Angeles (for Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) with Virgin Australia and earn Flying Club miles for the whole journey.

This means you can now, quite literally, travel around the world purely on Virgin airlines. One booking, one check in, one bag drop. A seamless experience with the fabulous Virgin service you know and love.

We offer up to three daily flights between London Heathrow and Los Angeles.

Virgin Australia has 18 services per week from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Learn more about using Flying Club miles with Virgin Australia

New Year, new hair treatments

Updated 27 February 2018

This year, we've introduced a new series of hair treatments for men at our Clubhouse Spas.

When flying from London Heathrow or New York JFK, men will now be able to enjoy a 30 minutes Olaplex Experience for just £30 (or 15 minutes for £15). Olaplex is a new kind of hair treatment that rebuilds the strength, structure and integrity of hair.

Together with our new treatments, you’ll also find our new pre-flight trim price plan in place. A Cleanse and Trim will now cost £20 in the UK and $20 at JFK. While a Clipper Cut will be £10 in the UK and $10 in the US.

Discover more about our Clubhouses

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group update

Posted 22 December 2017

The partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will come to an end on 30 June 2018. Any existing bookings made and ticketed prior to this date will be honoured.

Flying Club members will be able to earn miles on any bookings for stays until 30 June 2018.

Meet the all-new Vera

Our new-look Vera magazine has now touched down, so the next time you fly with Virgin Atlantic, you’ll find it in your seat pocket. The fresh new design makes finding out about our fabulous destinations and exciting onboard entertainment even simpler. Check out the latest issue for exclusive interviews, and suggestions of what to see and where to go the next time you fly.

WiFi, WiFi everywhere

Just getting to a good bit in your eBook? Can’t stop listening to that one track on your phone? Or just want to let all your friends know you’re flying Virgin Atlantic to somewhere incredible? That’s absolutely fine. Because, now you can access the internet, right from your seat with our inflight WiFi, wherever you’re flying with us.

Get connected and update your status from 35,000 feet. Just be sure to use the tag #LiveFromVirgin to let everyone know the good news.

Introducing Departure Beach

Posted 20 July 2017

We all dread the last day of our blissful holiday – the one where you have to check out of the hotel, but still have hours to wait until you need to head to the airport. We all wish we could just have a few more hours of relaxing on the beach… Well, now you can, with Virgin Holidays Departure Beach in Barbados.

We’ll collect you from your hotel after breakfast and drop you at the Departure Beach, and whisk your baggage off to the airport so you don’t have to worry about it. Just relax on the beach, by the full service bar (soft drinks, tea and coffee are all included), have a spot of lunch (also included), or chill out in the air conditioned lounge with TV, games console and kids area, and free WiFi.

We can even check you in and print your boarding pass while you’re at the Departure Beach, so you can wring every last sun-soaked moment out of your holiday.

And if you can’t resist a final dip in the blue waters, we have beach towels for you, plastic bags to store wet swimwear, and lovely showers to rinse off every last bit of sand before your flight.

The Departure Beach opens in Summer 2018, and will cost just £20 per adult and £15 per child.